In September, 2013, Drug Court was started in the Fayette District Court in
order to target individuals who were addicted to heroin. At this point, a
majority of the participants are referred by our office due to their addiction
to heroin, but they must be approved by Drug Court personnel in order to
participate in the program.
District Court Judge Julie Goodman oversees
Drug Court. Participants are required to attend AA or NA meetings, attend group
sessions, complete writing assignments, submit to random drug tests, obtain a
job or attend unemployment group, and meet with their caseworkers. Participants
in need of in-patient treatment receive it without cost. If these terms are not
met, or a participant commits a new offense while in Drug Court, sanctions are
imposed on the participant. Those sanctions vary from writing a paper, community
service to jail time. If there is restitution to be paid to a victim, the
restitution and the court costs are required to be paid while in Drug Court.
Those individuals who do not have a high school diploma are provided the
opportunity to work with a specialist to assist them in obtaining their GED.
In Drug Court, we see lives transformed by participation in the program and
living a drug-free life. Participants see individuals just like themselves, who
are struggling from addiction, and they form a common bond in order to assist
each other. Many families have been restored; participants begin to maintain
consistent employment; housing is obtained; and participants continue their
education that had been abandoned for drugs. Upon completion of Drug Court, the
record of the conviction is expunged; however, they have a lifetime to remember
how Drug Court changed their lives.